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Even before the release of their 2007 debut EP, Ringo Deathstarr were understandably lumped in with the endemic ‘nu gaze’ scene, infiltrated by bands that merely showed a predilection for reverb and distortion. Of course, there’s nothing ‘nu’ about this, but shoegaze’s fuzzy, spectral exterior has never really gone away, and the most bands can do now is retrofit it into something of their own. Ringo Deathstarr have always managed to do this with conviction, and although their influences are anything but singular, you can always tell the difference between them and their contemporaries. ‘Pure Mood’ carries on sonically where 2012’s ‘Mauve’ left off, but it’s also the dark, pensive counterpart. The aptly titled ‘Dream Again’ tricks you into thinking this record is a ghostly, low-key affair, until you’re hit with the dirge-y ‘Heavy Metal Suicide’, which is more in line with the album’s overall tone, while ‘Stare At The Sun’ has a unique pop sensibility that’s unlike anything the band has previously done. Ringo Deathstarr combine angst with fragility here, and it’s a daring, brilliant hybrid. Rather than reliving a scene, they’re more intent on reinventing it, and ‘Pure Mood’ is surprisingly genre-defiant. 

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